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Will NFLPA* press for special benefits for named plaintiffs?

Peyton Manning AP

When the last antitrust lawsuit filed by specific players after union decertification was settled, the men who applied their names to the complaint received an added bonus.  None could be the subject of the franchise tag.

The move paved the way for defensive end Reggie White to leave Philadelphia, and to land in Green Bay.

This time around, will Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and the other named plaintiffs want, and get, the same thing?  It’s an issue that has yet to be mentioned, which makes us think that it won’t be pushed.  Moreover, the last antitrust lawsuit was aimed at securing true free agency, or something close to it.  This time around, the limits on free agency aren’t being contested by the players.

Still, to the extent that Colts owner Jim Irsay is hoping for a labor deal that the owners will “really hate,” Irsay will definitely despise a labor deal that would invalidate the franchise tag that he applied to Manning before the last labor deal expired.

We doubt that it’ll happen.  But if at least 24 of his colleagues are willing to agree to the term, Irsay won’t be able to keep Manning from walking away.

That said, Manning likely wouldn’t leave.  Because Irsay would give Manning more money than anyone else would even consider paying.

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17 Responses to “Will NFLPA* press for special benefits for named plaintiffs?”
  1. meso0rnery says: Jun 21, 2011 4:30 PM

    That said, Manning likely wouldn’t leave. Because Irsay would give Manning more money than anyone else would even consider paying.
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    Tell that to Dan Snyder…

  2. ponderqb says: Jun 21, 2011 4:33 PM

    That’s a nice little twist. I look forward to hear if they get anything special in return.

  3. ponderqb says: Jun 21, 2011 4:35 PM

    Manning can come play for MN.

  4. duanethomas says: Jun 21, 2011 4:36 PM

    They should to make the owners feel some pain by making them file the lawsuits, by offering the worst deal in the history of pro sports. DeMaurice Smith will make sure they are taken care of.

  5. Soulman45 says: Jun 21, 2011 4:41 PM

    The players the file suit won’t leave their team they have it to good where they are at.

  6. thevillain112 says: Jun 21, 2011 4:42 PM

    Would be great to see Manning be a FA and sign with another team. Then we can see how much of a “genius” Bill Polian really is…

  7. descendency says: Jun 21, 2011 4:44 PM

    ” Because Irsay would give Manning more money than anyone else would even consider paying.”

    I don’t know about this. Washington doesn’t have a QB right now. . .

  8. dapple5 says: Jun 21, 2011 4:45 PM

    He didn’t say a deal that the owners will “really hate”. He said a deal that the “owners n players” will “really hate”. You spinned that a bit Mike!

  9. ccad05 says: Jun 21, 2011 4:46 PM

    Doesn’t manning get enough special treatment already?

  10. schemefactory says: Jun 21, 2011 4:51 PM

    so irsay would pull the opposite that the packers did with favre? can’t say i’d be disappointed with that.. but, i’m not a colts fan. go ahead and reward someone for their service by committing a huge amount of cap to an aging player. it may be easy on your conscience, but the league is a young man’s.

  11. touchdownroddywhite says: Jun 21, 2011 4:52 PM

    “Because Irsay would give Manning more money than anyone else would even consider paying.”

    Because Irsay is an idiot who has taken one of the greatest opportunities ever and turned it into merely 1 SB ring.

  12. ponderqb says: Jun 21, 2011 4:57 PM

    That said, Manning likely wouldn’t leave. Because Irsay would give Manning more money than anyone else would even consider paying.
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    Tell that to Zygi Wilf. He’s not afraid to spend big money on a proven player…. Jared Allen, Steve Hutchinson.

  13. rc33 says: Jun 21, 2011 5:26 PM

    It should happen in some form….
    …cuz Tom Brady clearly needs more good things happening in his life.

  14. vahawker says: Jun 21, 2011 6:45 PM

    So DeMoron Thomas…did you actually SEE this so called worse deal in sports history? or are you just repeating what Mrs. DeMoron told you to say?

    I’m sure another team will pay BIG bucks to sign Manning so they can have a great regular seasons followed by playoff collapses and failure.

  15. bishopslappytruelove says: Jun 21, 2011 6:50 PM

    Happy BIrthday Duane. You’re living proof that age doesn’t make you any smarter.

  16. ICDogg says: Jun 21, 2011 8:57 PM

    Interesting idea, but it’s a totally different situation, and the antitrust case hasn’t progressed very far in the court yet. So I don’t think there will be any special benefits.

  17. popolover says: Jun 23, 2011 8:57 PM

    Irsay just doesn’t have the kind of money some of the other owners have. Remember, he does not have a job or any companies to run. He earned his team the old fashion way.

    The only reason Irsay wants this season to start is for the SB to be in Indy, not for the good of anyone else.

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